Land Contamination Investigations – PSI or DSI?

Have you recently been informed by Council that your land may be contaminated and requires further investigations? You may have heard the terms PSI’s and DSI’s thrown about but unsure what they mean? Well look no further – here we break down what the investigations are all about and help you determine which one is right for you.

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Planting the Panacea of Planning?

  It’s one of the ancient truths of planning – you can solve a lot of problems by some carefully placed plants. Does your development overlook a neighbour? Some pittosporum on the boundary could screen that neighbour! Is your garage within a front yard? A rewarewa tree could soften those dominance effects! Need to remove…

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Hate Your Neighbour, But Need Their Drain?

Relationships with neighbours can be a very strange beast. Unless your neighbour shares your interest in hairless cats and Viking metal, or unless you have both managed to keep a pleasantly low profile (nice work for avoiding the social awkwardness that exists between two unrelated people who have nothing in common, besides sharing a boundary!),…

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PCBU Asbestos Requirements April 2018

“Make sure you and your tenants are covered. Health and safety legislation around asbestos requirements must be implemented by April 2018” New health and safety legislation that came into effect in 2015 has a requirement that needs to be implemented by April 2018; that PCBU’s understand and document all asbestos within their buildings. A PCBU under…

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What is a Landscape and Visual Assessment?

Have you been asked for a Landscape and Visual Assessment by Council? Or has your planner told you that you’ll need one for your Resource Consent Application? Understanding what a Landscape and Visual Assessment is the first step in knowing why you have been asked to provide one as part of your Resource Consent Application.…

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What Is A Cross Lease?

People created a cross lease as a low-cost way of having more than one house on a piece of land. The land won’t be fully subdivided and instead all house owners jointly own the land. Typically, they have areas allocated to them for their exclusive use. What’s different about a cross lease? What’s different about…

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Cambodia well drilling

In 2011 and again in 2013 we had opportunity to sponsor wells in Cambodia to provide clean water to villages that did not have secure and clean water supplies. The water supplies in Cambodia often get affected by flood waters or soil contamination. Arsenic occurs naturally in the soils in some places there.

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Small actions for big business impact

Thomas Consultants, an Auckland-based land development, civil engineering, planning and environmental consultancy, has proved that small actions can make a big impact on business growth. The organisation was acknowledged with a 2017 Westpac Business Excellence Award in the ‘Strategy and Planning’ category, the company’s fourth business award in its 15 year history.

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